Green Party of Michigan opposes auto bailout

Mailed to contact.ipr@gmail.com by Lou Novak

Not one job saved, not one community protected

Statement of Fred Vitale, Chairperson, Green Party of Michigan

The Green Party of Michigan strenuously opposes the $17.4 billion bailout for General Motors, Ford and Chrysler.

The agreement by the Bush administration to use a small part of the $700 billion already promised to Wall Street bankers is no victory for working people in Michigan.

The loans support the failed policies of the current corporate leaderships.

Not only have they systematically pressured the union to reduce the living standards, but they have undermined the construction of mass transportation, fought laws to reduce pollution, and refused to build ecologically friendly automobiles.

GM, Chrysler and Ford are not democratic institutions. Product choices and policy were and are made by boards of directors and top executives. Why are the workers and communities punished for decisions that weren’t theirs?

The struggles of UAW members have won some measure of racial equality in the factories; production workers developed political strength and clout; they fought for and won a high standard of living for production workers which provided the foundations for all workers, including salaried professionals, to have higher wages throughout the North.

All these gains are gravely threatened.

The auto bailout now puts the full weight of the central government behind the wealthy owners and bankers, who, as exhibited by the bloodthirsty howls of the southern senators, want to reverse the gains of the UAW, to turn back into profits a large part of the workers’ wages and benefits and, in that process, tear apart families, crush hopes, terrorize communities.

There are other, alternative solutions to the crises facing auto workers and their communities.

GM, Chrysler and Ford facilities should be nationalized with their assets controlled locally and democratically by workers and communities. Workers and affected communities need decisive control
over what happens to jobs, to work at the factories, and the factory equipment.

Previously granted municipal and state tax abatement agreements to keep factories and jobs, as well as other local agreements, must be vigorously enforced.

Michigan needs a real safety net for its residents. Michigan has been in this recession longer than most states. We need to guarantee all residents a livable income. We need a moratorium on all foreclosures and utility cutoffs; unemployment benefits should be paid as long as there is a
recession. Food stamps and food kitchens must be opened and supported in all needy
neighborhoods.

We need quality education available without charge for all residents from kindergarten through college. We need to develop training programs for environmentally friendly green jobs and work.

We need a public works program to offer employment to everyone who wants to work at a livable wage with full health care benefits. This is an opportunity to create green spaces, urban farms, large living cooperatives in our cities. It is an opportunity to support and strengthen rural life through locally
supported and approved projects.

We need to develop a green economy — local agriculture, local manufacturing, local work and life environments, extensive recycling and reuse facilities, new sources of energy — wind, thermal, wave.

None of this will happen without positive action from the majority of people. We need to fight against this bailout and for real alternatives to unemployment, poverty and slashed living conditions.

We need to support each other in all these struggles. People need to think and act independently of the auto executives, the bankers and their spokespersons, the Democratic and Republican Parties. They need to vote Green.

The auto bailout, like the larger bailout scam it is part of, offers no real hope for millions of citizens. Like so many things from our government under Republican and Democratic Party leadership, it is an illusion of help, hiding continued steps down the wrong road.

A brighter future depends on us.


Lou Novak lmn@lppals.com 313-623-4709

One thought on “Green Party of Michigan opposes auto bailout

  1. Greg

    >>> We need to develop a green economy — local agriculture, local manufacturing, local work and life environments, extensive recycling and reuse facilities, new sources of energy — wind, thermal, wave.

    How many BTU’s of power are replaced by Wind, solar, geothermal and other alternatives in comparison with oil and fossil fuels? If you carefully think about it there is not easy answer and certainly not one that is based on green that will expand the economy.

    >>> None of this will happen without positive action from the majority of people. We need to fight against this bailout and for real alternatives to unemployment, poverty and slashed living conditions.

    If fossil resources and stored energy is reduced via. Peak Oil and ore finite limits, which is a reality, there is no alternative to “poverty” in comparison to what we are using for modern life. A “green” future would mean a sustainable one, which means a small energy footprint, which means consuming less, producing less, owning less and living more like a dirt poor – Induri farm method farmer in India 50 years ago. Is this what the green party means by “progress”? I speak of this as someone who studies and understands limits in resources. There is a problem which is we all need to have about 4000 watts consumption per person per day, and even less to be “sustainable”. That can be perhaps possible if everyone went to instant poverty farming and a quick transition would mean going against the “green revolution” of using industrial farm production, which would mean starvation for many, akin to the cultural revolution in China or what we see in some African countries where dictators throw productive farmers off the land for cronies without contacts and are isolated from capital funding from the IMF, or due to it.

    Bottom line is “green renewable” doesn’t have an answer for the other two big problems, which are debt service since GNP output is tied to energy usage, and one jetliner flying across the ocean uses more energy than the yearly output of a huge wind farm development. There just isn’t a “renewable” solution to the hole we’ve dug ourselves into.

    >>> We need to support each other in all these struggles. People need to think and act independently of the auto executives, the bankers and their spokespersons, the Democratic and Republican Parties. They need to vote Green.

    You talk as a person who is dogmatic and living in a bambi world of Walt Disney. The truth is the natural world has competition in nature and is full of natural violence. Technology gives men options against nature to survive, but there’s a flaw in the energy usage of raw materials and especially in the overuse of energy that is not-renewable. Voting for your party won’t help at all, because you can’t answer basic questions of finance, energy, or how to compete in a world that has groups who rule over others, by having high technology BTU wasteful technology. Those who are sustainable are those that live in abject poverty or handouts from the top 20% who use most of the resources. I could put a bumper sticker on my car that reads, “15 people starved so I can drive this car”. And it would be true, but if I stop driving and another person in the far east drives while I drive his motor scooter, as a world we simply make a trade in who is using the energy. The slamming of Detroit is about destroying the middle class and the UAW. It’s simply based on fantasy predictions on how to solve something, but you don’t have any viable answers.

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